Meridian Care of Alice is an average-sized nursing home located in Alice, Texas. With an B+ overall grade, we ranked this nursing home in the top third of all nursing homes in the country. This facility definitely has plenty going for it. This facility was better in some categories than others, but it did not have any poor grades in any of the major categories discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.
Meridian Care of Alice
- Nursing Home
- Assisted Living
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Individual
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Best Nursing Home in Alice, Texas Awards 2021
Registered Staff Hours
We also wanted to point out that this facility has received near flawless government inspections in recent years. We awarded them an A+ in this area. Inspection scores are tied to many pieces of information found on the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this category have few deficiencies on their reports. Most importantly, these places should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.
Long-term Care Quality
This facility performed well in our long-term care category. In fact, we gave it a grade of A for that category, which is one of our most elite grades. Nursing homes that excel in long-term care typically provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine healthcare services. After we finished assessing the amount of nursing care, we then looked at the facility's vaccination records. This facility vaccinated 100 percent of its residents for pneumonia, which is an impressive figure. Pneumonia is too frequently a life threatening health condition for nursing home patients so we strongly prefer when a nursing home does not roll the dice on this issue. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
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Next, we looked at the nursing category where we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-. This facility didn't perform quite as well in this category as it did in some other categories. Nevertheless, this is still a respectable score. We weighed the licensure of nurses employed by the nursing home, as well as the quantity of hours those nurses were with patients, in calculating our score in this category. This nursing home averages just 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a very low figure. Despite having low quantities of nursing care, this place actually fared better in some of the quality measures we looked at. It scored well in the area of minimizing its residents' pressure ulcers and major falls. We consider these areas to be reliable measures of the quality of nursing care. In many cases, the quality of nursing care is as important as the number of hours of care provided.
Short-term Care Quality
The final area we rated ended up being this nursing home's poorest area. Nevertheless, even in its worst category we still awarded it an acceptable grade of B- in our short-term care category. In the category of short-term care, we try to assess measures of a nursing home's rehabilitation. We assess a facility's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and various therapists. Fortunately, it appear that this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not all facilities employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data they provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. The last item we looked at in this category is the number of residents who eventually returned home from the facility. We found that just 5.1 percent of this facility's patients returned home.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Meridian Care of Alice Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Meridian Care of Alice, 7.79% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This indicates the percentage of residents who sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often the result of patients not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Meridian Care of Alice, 3.33% of Patients had Serious Falls
This datapoint gauges the percentage of long-term stay patients that have suffered falls leading to serious injury. Falls can arise for a variety of reasons, but excessive numbers of falls may be a sign of lower levels of patient supervision.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Meridian Care of Alice, 1.51% of Patients had UTIs
This figure measures the percent of long-term stay patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. Although a higher rate infections could reflect poorly on a nursing home's nursing care, it can be difficult to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having differing reporting standards.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Meridian Care of Alice, 11.48% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This measures the percent of long-term care patients who were administered antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents suffering from dementia.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Meridian Care of Alice, 22.56% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term care residents taking antianxiety drugs.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Meridian Care of Alice, 4.81% of Patients
This is the percent of patients who are exhibiting signs of depression.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Meridian Care of Alice, 94.64% of Patients
This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Meridian Care of Alice, 17.1% Percentage of Patients
This tells you the percentage of patients that needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Higher levels of dependence on staff for assistance with ADL's may indicate the erosion of a patient's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Meridian Care of Alice, 16.36% Percentage of Residents
This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who were able to retain mobility. Some would argue that the ability to move around is important for patients mental and physical well-being.
In Meridian Care of Alice, 1.67 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of care. There is usually a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the quality of care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Meridian Care of Alice, 16.36 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
This is a measure of the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term resident care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Meridian Care of Alice, 11.4 Percentage of Patients
This metric measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Meridian Care of Alice, 66.86% Percentage of Resident
This indicates the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.
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